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Nice Jazz Festival 2019

Read "Nice Jazz Festival 2019" reviewed by Martin McFie

Nice Jazz Festival
Théâtre de Verdure
Nice, France
July 16-20, 2019

Sebastien Vidal, the artistic director of the Nice Jazz Festival, expressed his goals for 2019 as diversity and inclusivity. The Festival takes place in the center of the city, near a tram line station. They welcomed forty ...

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North Sea Jazz Festival 2019

Read "North Sea Jazz Festival 2019" reviewed by Ljubinko Zivkovic

North Sea Jazz Festival
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
July 12-14, 2019

For a while now, jazz festivals have lost their exclusivity and being a musical source for just jazz fans or those who wanted to get involved in the scene. More commercial artists from other musical genres have actually become a ...

International Anthem: The Beat of the Past, Present and Future

Read "International Anthem: The Beat of the Past, Present and Future" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Dis is da drum. Everything starts with a beat. A heartbeat. A rhythm. A language. Communication between people. Patterns in percussion. Tribal language. Rhythms reaching out.

Since the beginning, rhythms have been an integral part of jazz. Swing is rhythm and rhythm is swing. The pace has changed. The patterns have changed. Acoustic ...

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2019 Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival

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2019 Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival
Pittsburgh, PA
June 20-23, 2019

Now in its ninth year, the Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival continues to grow and prosper as one of the country's best jazz festivals. Tied to the efforts of the city's August Wilson African American Cultural Center, the festival continues to prosper under ...

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Burlington Discover Jazz Festival 2019

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Burlington Discover Jazz Festival
Burlington, Vermont
May 31-June 9, 2019

Prominent among the many of virtues the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival offers its hometown each year is a reminder of the energetic activity that permeates the Queen City of Vermont (and not just at this most wonderful time of the year). Witness ...

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Sax Strike: The Sound of Jazz without Saxophones

Read "Sax Strike: The Sound of Jazz without Saxophones" reviewed by Jennifer DeMeritt

Possibly, more than any other instrument, the saxophone defines the sound of jazz. Most jazz combos have at least one saxophonist on the front—and when you see that saxophone, you know it's going to be doing a LOT of soloing, even if the bandleader or composer plays another instrument. But what happens to the shape and ...

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NYT Approved

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Vegetation may die in December but best-of lists sprout like weeds. This episode, the boys examine four selections on the venerable New York Times' best-of list of 2018 jazz releases, and (by their cranky standards, at least) like what they find. Except for a certain passage of spoken-word optimism. Bastards can't abide optimism. The music ranges ...

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2019 Winter JazzFest: The Out of Towners

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Read Winter JazzFest's Weekend Marathon: A Survival Guide while listening to this program.

New York may have the highest density of daily jazz performances in the world, but they mostly feature the countless, and very busy, musicians that belong to the local scene. The Winter JazzFest has traditionally offered a very welcome opportunity to ...

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Best of 2018: Il Mixtape

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Il 2018 è stato un altro anno di grande rilievo per la musica che amiamo. Abbiamo chiesto ai nostri redattori di condividire le loro preferenze. Ecco che cosa ne è venuto fuori.

Buon ascolto, con l'augurio che il 2019 ci porti almeno altrettanta musica di alto livello!

Michael Leonhart “Music ...

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Winter JazzFest's Weekend Marathon: A Survival Guide

Read "Winter JazzFest's Weekend Marathon: A Survival Guide" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

With each passing year, Winter JazzFest--New York's premiere jazz festival--has expanded the number of venues presenting an increasingly diverse array of musicians. There are several ways to approach a programme as dense and exciting as the 2019 edition of the two-day Marathon spanning January 11th and 12th. Thanks to an embarrassment of riches, festival goers face ...